Love's managers

Love’s is hiring employees for the store and for the Arby’s restaurant connected to the store. Terri Andrews, left, will manage Arby’s and Wythe County native Dustin Aker will manage the store.

The Love’s Travel Center building is almost complete, so now it’s time to hire employees. Managers are looking for about 50 workers – 20 for the store and 30 for the Arby’s inside the store.

The new opening date for the Love’s in Bastian recently changed to Thursday, Sept. 6. The opening date remains flexible, company officials said.

At the Bastian travel stop, Wythe County native Dustin Aker will manage the store section of the center, and Terri Andrews will manage the Arby’s. They were in Wytheville Monday interviewing potential employees. There will be another hiring fair later at the store.

Andrews is moving to the area from Lawrenceville, a small town near South Hill, where she managed a Subway for Love’s. A native of Richmond, she has worked for the company for about seven years, including some time in Florida.

But she’s looking forward for colder weather to arrive.

“I love snow,” she said. “So, I’m waiting for the snow to come.”

Andrews also plans to take advantage of the outdoor amenities Bland County has to offer.

Aker is a 2005 graduate of George Wythe High School. He is a former employee for the town’s parks and recreation department and also worked at the family business, Fort Chiswell Machine Tool Products & PT Manufacturing, for several years.

In 2015, he began his career with Love’s, moving directly into management. He has worked at several stores, including the Love’s Travel Stop in Max Meadows and, most recently, at a store in Skippers below Emporia.

“I’m definitely glad to be back home,” he said. “It will be good to be back around family and friends again.”

According to Andrews, she is looking for employees who are dependable and available for any shift.

“We are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year,” she said. “We don’t close for anything.”

They need to be flexible and able to work at a fast pace.

“We are always looking to move people up,” she said. “We build about 50 stores a year and we are always looking for people to move up in the company and relocate.”

Love’s is looking to hire full-time and part-time employees; pay starts at $10 an hour.

Aker said he needs cashiers, shift leads and maintenance workers.

He and Andrews said they enjoy working for Love’s.

“It’s family-owned, and they take care of their employees just as well as they take care of their customers,” Andrews said. “And there is always room to grow.”

For more information on working at the Bastian Love’s, visit

To reach reporter Millie Rothrock, call 276-228-6611, ext. 35, or email

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